Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Scores of people were on Thursday injured at Egbatedo area of Osogbo, Osogbo, Osun state capital when two rival gang of thugs engaged each other in a bloody clash.
Also, at least 15 vehicles that were parked in the area were vandalized in the bloody clash which was said to have started around 11:00am.
Our correspondent learnt that a notorious gang of thugs from Itakogun area of Osogbo attacked other thugs at Egbatedo with wielding assorted guns, cutlasses, axe, clubs and other dangerous weapon.
Residents of the area, passersby and shop owners were not spare during the fight which lasted for about two hours as they macheted and clubbed anyone on sight.
An eyewitness account told our correspondent that the thugs carried bottle drinks from a shop, drink some and broke the bottles to scare away people as well as hijacked snack from a snack vendor eat some, scattered the rest on the road and destroyed the glass in where it was kept.
Vehicular movement was restricted as bank and confused residents of the area hurriedly locked themselves up inside. Also, shop owners in the area hurriedly shut down their shop.
When our correspondent got to the area around 3:30pm, some residents of the area including some notable thugs were seen in groups discussing the ugly attack, other residents were yet to open their doors for fear of being attacked again.
Speaking, a suspected thug in the area who was smoking Indian hemp said he sustained injury after the thugs smashed a bottle on his leg.
He said that the thugs came on motorcycles and were shooting sporadically challenging residents to come out and face them.
He said he identified leader of the thugs that wreaked havoc in the area saying his name is “Kokoro claiming that at last twenty people were severely injured in the attack.
A resident of the area who simply identified himself as Sunday, lamented that his Nissan car which he had parked for sale since two weeks ago was damaged.
“I just parked this car here two weeks ago. I want to sell it and use the money to buy motorcycle to do Okada business. When these thugs came, instead of facing their fellow thugs, they vandalised my car. Now, I don’t know what to do again because this car is my only hope of surviving.”
They also alleged that about five residents of the Egbatedo area were taken to unknown places by the thugs.
Our correspondent gathered that men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were later at the area but could not salvage the situation as the thugs had left the area before their arrival.
It was lernt that some thugs and other residents of the area who were brutally injured have been rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Osogbo.
When contacted the Acting Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Egbedele Ajibade said he had not received any information on the clash.